Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm
Children 6 and under: free
Free Admission Period
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday: noon-4:00pm
Wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. The museum is fully accessible.
A free checkroom is available for all visitors.
The Delaware Art Museum unveiled its historic renovation and expansion on June 26, 2005. The new Delaware Art Museum, designed by the Boston architectural firm Ann Beha Architects, honors the rich history and significance of the original 1938 Georgian-style building with 17 grand galleries and public spaces, and makes full use of the eleven-acre property that was bequeathed by Samuel and Mary Bancroft in 1935, when the Bancrofts donated their renowned English Pre-Raphaelite collection to the Museum.
The Museum's three-year redesign includes recasting and renovation of the existing 60,000 square foot building with additions of over 40,000 square feet for a new total of more than 100,000 square feet. The upper and lower level galleries in the Gerret & Tatiana Copeland Wing, the Helen Farr Sloan Library, and the Museum Store have all been expanded. Visitors will enjoy a new Museum Café with seating for 40 indoors and an adjoining outdoor North Terrace overlooking the region's first Sculpture Park.
The Bank of America Education Wing presents dedicated studio space for classes in metalsmithing, sculpture, drawing and painting, and children's art activities. Additional spaces will be used for public programs and family activities, and will also be available to outside groups for rental. The Jefferson Meeting Room, the Catherine A. Fusco Grand Hall, an indoor East Court for public events, and the Museum's 168-seat auditorium are all available for after-hours events as well as civic and performing art programs.
A breathtaking installation by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly welcomes visitors into the Museum and the Catherine A. Fusco Hall. Chihuly has re-designed and expanded the Museum's popular Persian Window, adding eleven more Persians to create an archway of brilliantly colored glass forms cascading overhead in the vestibule of the North Terrace main entrance. The newly re-opened Kentmere Parkway entrance façade is illuminated in the evening by James Turrell's spectacular, new light installation. Soft washes of color gently melt through a chromatic spectrum illuminating the archway and the windows on the brick façade as well as the Museum's upper level clerestory windows.
The distinguished collections of the Delaware Art Museum, comprised of 12,000 works of art, focus on American Art of the 19th through the 21st centuries and English Pre-Raphaelite art of the mid-19th century. Its outstanding overview of the evolution of American art includes a pivotal collection of works from the "Golden Age" of American illustration and the country's largest collection of the work of John Sloan.
For more information and a Calendar of Events, visit us at www.delart.org.